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Thinking about Harmony

Thinking about Harmony
Historical Perspectives on Analysis

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  • Date Published: June 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521888141

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  • Focusing on music written in the period 1800–1850, Thinking about Harmony traces the responses of observant musicians to the music that was being created in their midst by composers including Beethoven, Schubert, and Chopin. It tells the story of how a separate branch of musical activity - music analysis - evolved out of the desire to make sense of the music, essential both to its enlightened performance and to its appreciation. The book integrates two distinct areas of musical inquiry - the history of music theory and music analysis - and the various notions that shape harmonic theory are put to the test through practical application, creating a unique and intriguing synthesis. Aided by an extensive compilation of carefully selected and clearly annotated music examples, readers can explore a panoramic projection of the era's analytical responses to harmony, thereby developing a more intimate rapport with the period.

    • Coverage is not only devoted to the leading analytical authors, but to a wide spectrum of music analysts active during this period
    • Includes an extensive compilation of carefully selected and clearly annotated music examples, to illustrate the discussion
    • Covers the work of a wide range of composers, including Beethoven, Schubert, Berlioz and Mendelssohn
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    "...I can highly recommend this oustanding volume to the curious reader...'Thinking About Harmony' is very good indeed." --Geary H. Larrick

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521888141
    • length: 342 pages
    • dimensions: 250 x 180 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.85kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Chord identification
    2. Chordal embellishment
    3. Parallel and sequential progressions
    4. Harmonic progression
    5. Chordal hierarchy
    6. Modulation to closely related keys
    7. Chromatic chords: diminished/augmented
    8. Chromatic chords: major and minor
    Epilogue
    Biographies.

  • Author

    David Damschroder, School of Music, University of Minnesota

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